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A new artwork by artist Peter Howson OBE has been unveiled at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art. The Massacre of Srebrenica, on loan to Glasgow Museums for an initial three year period, is a large-scale painting portraying the religious and ethnic conflicts in Bosnia and Kosovo in the 1990s and depicts the worst atrocity on European soil since the Second World War. Often referred to as one of the ‘New Glasgow Boys’, Howson has established a formidable reputation as one of his generation's leading figurative painters and is renowned for his penetrating insight into the human condition. The debut of his latest canvas is a highlight in a wider programme of commemorations taking place across Glasgow and beyond in 2020 to commemorate the 1995 Srebrenica genocide. Over 8,000 Muslim men and boys were systematically murdered by Bosnian Serb armed forces at the height of the Bosnian war and under the command of Ratko Mladic, who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2017 for his role at Srebrenica. Peter Howson said: ‘It is difficult to put into words the horror of the massacre of over 8,000 men and boys in the town of Srebrenica during the Bosnian civil war. I was there as a war artist during this time and witnessed what I can only describe as hell on earth. A second work by the artist, Homeless Jesus 2018, will also go on show. Howson painted the piece in response to a cast of the sculpture of the same name by Canadian sculptor Timothy Schmalz, which was installed outside St Georges’ Tron Parish Church, Glasgow in December 2017.
Image Credit: Reproduced courtesy of the artist